Son Volt

Son Volt: Concert Photos

Jay Farrar and company rocked the Pageant as Son Volt, delivering a powerhouse alt-country set for the hometown show. No fancy lighting here, but then again, the show didn't really need it.

Son Volt: Concert Photos

Son Volt: Concert Photos

Son Volt: Concert Photos

Son Volt: Concert Photos

Son Volt: Concert Photos

Son Volt: Concert Photos

Son Volt: Concert Photos

Photographer's Notes:

When Jay Farrar took the stage with Son Volt and donned his harmonica neck-brace, I turned to another photographer in the photo pit and said, “Of course, the first song we get, he plays the harmonica.”

While Farrar used the harmonica for the first and third song, overall it wasn't that big of an issue. The singer stayed put for the most part, so there was generally plenty of opportunity to work either side of the stage for clear angles.

Aside from the harmonica challenge, this show was pretty straight forward, with slowly changing background lights and warm frontlighting from high in the rafters for all three songs photographed.

I shot this set at f/2.8 and ISO 3200 with shutter speeds between 1/50 and 1/160. Due to relative lack of movement, I wasn't too worried about motion blur on this, so the slower shutter speeds weren't a concern.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon Z 7:
I use two Nikon Z 7 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all mirrorless camera with amazing AF, great speed and fantastic resolution.


Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8S:
The 24-70mm is my go-to lens. The range is ideal for stage front photography and the image quality is superb.


Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.


Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.

See My Full Kit for Concert Photography

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